Always Autumn Crafts Bath Bombs and Salts Review 

Company: Always Autumn Crafts

“Ethical beauty made simple, and exciting!”

“All my products are made out of the earth: pure essential oils, all natural colorings and pigments, dead sea minerals, clay, and the best salts and oils. 10% of all my proceeds go towards the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. They are an amazing organization that is near and dear to my heart.”

Products:

Green Tea Mint Bath Bomb

Cotton Candy Bath Bomb

Citrus Swirl Bath Bomb

Cucumber Melon Bath Bomb

Grapefruit Mint Salts

Reviews:

This Green Tea Mint Bath Bomb has a light and minty herbal tea scent. The aroma transforms your bathroom into a 5-star spa and you’ll just want to stay in the tub all day! It leaves behind the subtlest scent of mint on your skin. Coconut oil does a great job moisturizing… I didn’t even need lotion afterward!

I was so excited to try this Cotton Candy Bath Bomb! This creates a dusty lavender hue in your bath water and leaves behind a subtle candy-like scent on your skin. Yum!

Who doesn’t love orange sherbet? The Citrus Swirl Bath Bomb smells exactly like the mouthwatering dessert and is the perfect way to energize and pamper yourself!

Welcome back the ’90’s with this Cucumber Melon Bath Bomb/foot soak! This little guy instantly transported me back to my days in 8th grade when I wore Bath and Body Works’ Cucumber Melon Body Spray just about every day! Unfortunately, I was a little too excited when I was unwrapping this and broke it apart. That didn’t affect how it worked though! My bath water was transformed into a gorgeous mint green color and the classic fruity scent made this truly a treat to use!

These aren’t just ordinary bath salts… these are Grapefruit Mint Soaking Salts! The mix of Epsom and Pink Himalayan Salts detox and release tension from tired muscles as cocoa butter and coconut oil soften your skin. The vibrant grapefruit scent makes for a deliciously refreshing bath!

The Bottom Line

These are great products from a great person (I urge you to go to her website and read her story). These products are cute as heck, smell fantastic, get the job done, and are of course, vegan and cruelty-free! What’s not to love? 10% of proceeds are also given to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society! Give Always Autumn Crafts a try and let me know how you like them!

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OM BOTANICAL Conditioning Hair and Scalp Nourishment Review 

Company: OM BOTANICAL

Product:  Conditioning Hair and Scalp Nourishment ($23.00 USD)

Review:

The main ingredients of this all-natural conditioner are aloe vera , pumpkin seed oil, plant glycerin, Vitamins B3 and B5, and  Peppermint oil.  After leaving this conditioner on my scalp and hair for about 1 minute, I began to feel an intense, minty cooling sensation. I absolutely loved this cold chill since it’s been so hot lately and our air conditioner is not working!

After leaving this product on for 2 minutes and thoroughly rinsing, my hair was refreshed, tangle-free, smooth and conditioned. If you’ve read a few of my reviews before, you know that I love a multifunctional product! It saves time, money, and counter/shower space! Well, this product can also be used as a styling gel! Fellow curly-haired people rejoice! You know how we love a good hair gel!

I worked the conditioner through my damp hair, from midlength to the ends (which need some major help, at the moment). I never put styling products directly on my scalp because it makes my hair flat as a pancake! This product helped my split ends look smoother and healthier and the minty fragrance lingered all day! It also helped to tame frizz and shape my curls. Hooray!

The Bottom Line

This conditioner is fantastic. It moisturizes, detangles and tames my locks while making it smell minty fresh! Its all natural, vegan, and cruelty free formula is totally worth the price, especially since it doubles as a styling gel. Even my picky boyfriend likes using it (I can’t express how BIG that is!) I would recommend this product to just about anyone looking for effective and natural hair care. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Thank you, OM BOTANICAL, for sending me this product to review!

Perfectly Posh Product Review


Company: Perfectly Posh 

Consultant: Dene Cobb  IG: @perfectlyposhdene

Products:

Field Better Soon Chunk Bar (Sample Size)

BFF: Best Face Forever Exfoliating Face Wash (Sample Size)

Please note that not all Perfectly Posh products are vegan. All items are cruelty-free (no animal testing). 

Review:

The main ingredients of the Field Better Soon Chunk Bar are sodium palmate, sodium palm kernelate, water, glycerin, and lavender oil.  This bar soap lathered up nicely in warm water and definitely left me feeling clean. While using this bar soap, the scent of lavender is strong, yet it only leaves behind the most subtle scent on your skin. My skin did not feel dry after using this and the lavender scent did actually relax me!

The BFF: Best Face Forever Exfoliating Face Wash was an awesome surprise. It has 24 ingredients, some of which I have no idea what they are, so I didn’t WANT to like it! I prefer natural, less-is-more products.

This cleanser is thick and gel-like and has the tiniest grains to exfoliate away makeup and oil (don’t use it on your eyes, use a separate remover for that). You get a cool kick from the peppermint oil, a fruity zip from the grapefruit oil, and moisture and soothing properties from aloe. My skin felt fresh, clean, and hydrated after using this, so it definitely works!

The Bottom Line

I was interested in trying some products from Perfectly Posh… I’ve seen them over and over again on Instagram and wondered if they were really worth the hype!

The packaging seems to target younger consumers. The products look fun and pretty and I think they did a great job in that department!

In all honesty, I didn’t think I was going to like these products. I’m not a huge fan of lavender or bar soap or cleansers that have more than a few ingredients. However, these products smell wonderful and truly get the job done! I’m a believer! Let me know if you’ve tried some Perfectly Posh products!

Thank you, Dene Cobb, for hooking me up with samples to review!

EVOLVh Luxury Natural Haircare – The Volume Discovery Kit Review

Company: EVOLVh Luxury Natural Haircare

“We live for healthy happy hair and the vision of lovely EVOLVh bottles in your shower. EVOLVh was born after careful observation and study of all hair product lines in the marketplace – a revolutionary hair care line with a propriety amino acid technology that transforms hair feel and texture while optimizing strand health and beauty. Hair professionals and their clients were increasingly looking for products made from healthier ingredients, but without giving up performance back when EVOLVh was created. That still holds true today, and even more so. You’re about to experience a curated clean beauty hair care line that offers true performance unlike any other you’ve tried before. Luxurious, with amazing efficacy and utilizing the most potent ingredients from nature.”

“All EVOLVh hair care products use only the safest and highest performing natural ingredients. EVOLVh products are made using 90% or higher organic content. The entire line is sulfate, paraben and sodium chloride free. All products are gluten-free as well. Most products are vegan, containing no animal products, and all are cruelty-free. Experience beautiful, healthy hair without compromising your health or life values.”

Products: The Volume Discovery Kit  – $34.00 USD 


This set is sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free, vegan, color safe, and cruelty-free.

This set includes:

UltraShine Moisture Shampoo (59 ml / 2 fl. oz)

UltraShine Moisture Conditioner (59 ml / 2 fl. oz)

SmartVolume Leave-in Conditioner (59 ml / 2 fl. oz)

TotalControl Styling Creme (59 ml / 2 fl. oz)

Review:  

I was beyond thrilled to get to try out this line! I LOVE when companies make trial/sample sized products so you don’t end up wasting handfuls of money on things that don’t work for you.

So, if you didn’t know, I have blonde curly hair that reaches midway down my back. It is highlighted, dry and frizzy, but it is easily straightened, curled, and controlled with products. I prefer to keep my hair natural and choose not to use heat styling very often.

The UltraShine Moisture Shampoo is “ideal for all hair types.” It gently cleanses while seaweed extract and fatty acids nourish and fortify your strands. The scent reminds me of baby shampoo and the lather most certainly washes away any build-up. The instructions recommend washing your hair twice, which I only do if my hair is particularly dirty or if I used too much product that day.

The UltraShine Moisture Conditioner has a fragrance that is similar to the UltraShine Moisture Shampoo, but it also has a baby powder-like scent. This conditioner is thick, as in it will not drip from your hand if you turn it upside down, but it is not heavy. I massaged it into my hair and let it sit for several minutes for more “intensive results.” It does a wonderful job detangling my wild curls and provides enough moisture for my thirsty locks without weighing it down.

The SmartVolume Leave-in Conditioner is to be used on clean, towel-dried hair (10 – 12 pumps from roots to ends). The scent of this spray is my favorite in the set. It is light, fruity, and floral. Rice bran guards against heat and the sun, bergamot detangles and fights flyaways, and raw lecithin strengthens strands. I really love this stuff!

The TotalControl Styling Creme is a mix of a conditioner and gel. For “smooth ringlets, apply to damp hair, use fingers to shape curls, and let air dry.” This styling creme was perfect for my hair. I want smooth, bouncy curls without heavy products weighing them down. This product fought my frizz (undoubtedly with all its might) and helped my curls keep their shape.

The Bottom Line

Everyone wants beautiful hair. To me, it is impossible to achieve “beauty” if the products you use are tested on animals or contain animal products. Animal testing is cruel, ineffective and unnecessary. I am so thankful for brands like EVOLVh that make vegan and cruely-free products that actually work! These products work together PERFECTLY, but also do well when used on their own. I can say that without a doubt, this set increased the volume and overall health of my hair. Since these products are perfect for traveling, I will be bringing the entire set along with me on my L.A. food tour in a few weeks (stay tuned for that!). This company also has products made for curly hair, which I fully intend on trying out! Give these products a try, and let me know how they work for you!

Thank you, EVOLVh, for providing me with products to review!

 

 

 

 

 

Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival Has NOT Been Cancelled!

Many animal rights activism groups have recently been posting that the horrific and cruel Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival, where thousands of dogs are brutally tortured and killed in China, has been cancelled. This is sadly not the case. Please read below for more information and get involved to help!
SOURCE/REPOST: @animalhopeandwellness

Marc Ching of The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation met with the Yulin Government to speak about the ban on dog meat sales during the festival, and publications claiming the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is over.

In a direct statement from the Yulin Political Affairs Director and the Yulin Chief of Police – “There is no ban on dog meat sales during the festival as some animal rights groups have claimed.” Government officials made it very clear that they are not in support of the festival, but have expressed they can do little in regards to opposing what the people want.

Mr. Ching of AHWF also met with the Yulin Food and Drug Administration, which oversees dog meat sales and food quality control of meat within the city. In a direct statement from their officials to Animal Hope and Wellness – “There is no current or proposed ban on dog meat sales during the festival.” In an effort to speak with the people, Mr. Ching and Suki Su of AHWF went to the two largest dog meat markets, DongKuo Market and NanQiao Market. In conversations with over twenty dog meat vendors, no one had knowledge or was aware of any pending or proposed dog meat sales ban. Marc also met with the owner of one of the largest slaughterhouses in Yulin who claims the festival is still happening, and that “his” sales during the festival this year will reach over 2000 dogs. “Restaurants have already begun putting in orders, and trucks will start their travel to the province,” he stated in conversation with Mr. Ching.

One thing he did mention, is that usually this is a “sensitive time, but no one seems to be protesting like they have in prior years.” The message Mr. Ching of AHWF wants to communicate to the public, is that this is when your words matter most. “I feel so sad for the dogs that will die and suffer because of these mistruths. Usually there is huge intentional pressure before the coming days of the festival, but this year there is not. The only way we will see Yulin end, is by people continuing to stand up to speak for the animals.”

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Please consider donating to the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation so that rescue missions can continue to happen! 

Share this information on social media and sign petitions! 

This festival MUST come to an end, once and for all! 

Nelly’s Organics Bars Review

Company: Nelly’s Organics

“We hand-select each ingredient in our bars to deliver nutritional density, while delighting with their flavor. Our bars have the cleanest label imaginable: wholesome, raw, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, vegan and ethically sourced…with NO Preservatives or Additives!”

Products: Nelly’s Bars – Sample Pack

Pictured Above, Left to Right

Nutty Nougat Bar

Peanut Butter & Coconut Bar

Mint Chocolate Bar

German Chocolate Bar

Coconut Bar

Double Chocolate Bar

Reviews:

Based on the description of these bars, you may have the same first impression I did. “Woo hoo! Another healthy snack bar that looks delicious but falls short (way short) in the flavor department.” Well, you wouldn’t be wrong about them being healthy (it’s raw and vegan, for crying out loud!), but these actually taste like CANDY BARS!

Each bar is covered in a layer of smooth, dark Agostoni Chocolate that adds richness and decadence to every bite.

The Nutty Nougat Bar reminded me of Easter candies that I had as a kid. The nougat filling inside of these bars did actually taste like nougat! This variety is loaded with cashews, almonds, and coconut, making this a perfect post workout or mid afternoon snack!  It is sweetened with raw blue agave and covered in the dark chocolate that I mentioned before. Yum!

The Peanut Butter & Coconut Bar is one of my favorites. Whenever you combine peanut butter, coconut and dark chocolate, you have a winner in my book! It’s absolutely a cure for anybody’s sweet tooth but also provides protein and healthy fats to carry you through to the next meal. Delicioso!

The Mint Chocolate Bar was a surprise! Almonds, brown rice crisps, coconut oil, and raw blue agave combine to make the filling of this bar, and organic mint oil sends it over the top! This is a grown up version of a York Peppermint Patty (I’m sure kids would love it, too!). Mint and dark chocolate is just another one of those “can’t fail” combinations. This bar is refreshing and fabulous!

Growing up, my Dad’s favorite cake was German Chocolate. He would ask for it every year for his birthday. Not surprisingly, the German Chocolate Bar reminded me of him and his birthday cakes. Pecans, almonds, coconuts, brown rice crisps, cacao powder, and coconut oil combine to make the signature sweet and coconutty flavor. His birthday would be coming up pretty soon… I may order a case of these for that day to celebrate his memory. He would have loved these bars!

The Coconut Bar is pure, simple and delicious. It’s filling is made of sweet shredded coconut that is covered in a generous layer of dark chocolate. Again, this is a healthy yet fabulous version of a Mounds Bar. I give this one an A+!

The Double Chocolate Bar is perfect for Chocoholics. The rich filling is made with raw dates and cacao powder that’s covered in wonderful dark chocolate. You’d never guess this bar was good for you!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that doesn’t make you feel like you’re missing out, try Nelly’s Organics Bars. With the wide range of flavors, there is something for everyone.  I look forward to trying more of their products in the future!

Thank you, Nelly’s Organics, for providing me with these bars to try!

Purity Smiles Natural Teeth Whitening Powder Review 

Company: Purity Smiles

Contact: info@puritysmiles.com

Product: Natural Teeth Whitening Powder  – 2 oz. (57g)

Price: $26.00 USD

Review: 

How can something so messy get your teeth so clean?!

Activated coconut shell charcoal and Bentonite clay are the main ingredients in this fine powder that buffs away stains and discolorations while removing plaque and remineralizing your teeth. Organic Spearmint oil naturally fights bacteria and freshens your breath as you kiss your yellow chompers goodbye!

To use, dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and carefully tap off the excess. Brush your teeth in circular motions for 2-3 minutes. Do your best to keep your lips closed as you brush to avoid turning your bathroom into a polka dotted mess! Don’t worry, even if you do turn your bathroom into a work of art, it is easily wiped away! Rinse your mouth out several times when you’re finished. Since this product is not a toothpaste replacement, I got into the habit of brushing my teeth right after using it to get rid of the remaining black powder that was on my teeth and tongue. The last step is to stare into the mirror and admire your pearly whites!

After using this product your teeth feel clean. Really, really clean! I used this whitener at bedtime for a week straight and I can honestly say that my teeth look 1-2 shades whiter and brighter, all without sensitivity, irritation or pain. The jar will last me for quite some time (I haven’t even put a dent in it!) so the price is well worth it!

The Bottom Line

This product is an effective and affordable way to whiten and brighten your teeth. Other teeth whiteners weaken enamel and cause sensitivity; this one does not. I am really enjoying the results and can’t wait to see how my smile looks a week from now!

It’s surprisingly difficult to get great pics of your teeth for before or after comparisons… but here they are. Check out their website for more before and afters.

Before:


After 1 week:


Thank you, Purity Smiles, for hooking me up with this product to try!

Pure Stella Skin Care Review 

Company: Pure Stella Skin Care

 “Pure Stella Skin Care creates handcrafted products to nourish and protect your skin naturally. Our line of botanical and essential oil based products includes luxurious lotion sticks, moisturizing and cleansing oils, clarifying masks, and exfoliating scrubs to enlighten your skin. With no harsh chemicals and artificial fragrance, your skin will smile with Pure Stella.”

The products reviewed are vegan and cruelty free.

Products: 

Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub (4 oz. bag, $20.00 USD)

Coffee Infused Eye Serum (1/3 oz., $14.00 USD)

Reviews:

Calling all coffee junkies… here’s a way to get your fix and help your skin at the same time!


I drink a vanilla latte almost everyday, so I just had to try the Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub! Organic sugar makes this a great exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells. The coffee almond oil leaves your skin smooth and moisturized. My favorite thing about this scrub is the smell! As you scrub away in a warm shower, the bathroom fills with a sweet delicious coffee scent. This scrub is truly any coffee addict’s dream!


The Coffee Infused Eye Serum comes in a convenient roller ball that easily glides the product onto your skin. It has a unique coffee/herbal scent and a thin consistency so it absorbs quickly. The coffee infused sweet almond oil, along with rose hip, jojoba, and hazelnut oil nourish the delicate skin around the eyes. After using this product, I noticed that my undereyes were moisturized and “perked up” due to the caffiene. I do not suffer from puffy eyes, so I can’t speak about this product’s tightening abilities, but I do feel like my eyes look more awake when I use this eye serum.

The Bottom Line

Pure Stella Skin Care creates naturally effective products that smell delicious and actually work… all without harming animals! What’s not to love? Turn your shower into the best smelling coffee shop around with the Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub or add a little zip to your skin care routine with the Coffee Infused Eye Serum! Let me know how you like it!


Thank you, Pure Stella Skin Care, for providing me with these products to review!

OM BOTANICAL Anti-Hair Loss Organic Shampoo and One Step Face Wash Review

Company: OM BOTANICAL

“OM BOTANICAL is a beautifully handmade brand of truly natural and organic skin and body care products. The decision as to what goes into our non-toxic products and what stays out is based totally on the safety and efficacy of the final product. Our scientists study the bio-activity of plant molecules, identify the ingredients that work in synergy with your skin’s inherent mechanisms and then develop formulations for specific applications. It is this process that led to the development of this therapeutic brand of 100% natural and organic skin and body care products. Our botanical ingredients are not only the safest, but also have the most powerful healing and renewing properties available.”

The reviewed products are made with all natural ingredients, vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free!

Products:

Sulfate Free Anti-Hair Loss Organic Shampoo with Soapnuts and Biotin  – 15 oz. (430g) $23.00 USD

One Step Face Wash  – 4 oz. (120 g) $24.00 USD

Reviews: 


The Anti-Hair Loss Organic Shampoo is made with soapnuts and all natural ingredients that have not been chemically processed or bleached, which gives this shampoo a “natural tint and earthy fragrance.” The claims of this Ayurvedic formula include that this shampoo prevents hair loss and dandruff and it is a natural DHT blocker. DHT  (dihydrotestosterone) is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that has been said to contribute to hair loss.

This shampoo is also sulfate Free, silicone free, and color safe. Soap nut extract, aloe vera, olive and pumpkin seed oil, vitamin B3 and B6, and Wild Peppermint oil create a moisturizing and nourishing shampoo that does not dry out or damage the hair.

It is a low-lathering since it does not contain sulfates, and the thin consistency provides gentle cleansing. I enjoy using this shampoo because the peppermint oil creates a cool and refreshing treat for my scalp. Both my hair and scalp felt clean and rejuvenated after using this. I do not suffer from hair loss, so as far as preventing hair loss goes, I cannot speak about it. However, you know when you’re getting ready to get out of the shower and you look down to see a bunch of hair stuck in the drain (please tell me it’s not only me!)? I did notice that I did have less breakage and less hair left in the shower… perhaps because this shampoo is low-lathering and didn’t rough up my hair? Interesting…

The One Step Fash Wash is a multifunctional product that cleanses, removes makeup, exfoliates, and tones. It has a slightly earthy yet sweet and fruity scent, and the consistency is very thick, so once you start working it into your skin, it does not drip off. The instructions indicate that you are supposed to massage the cleanser into your wet skin for 1 minute. Although it is recommended on the bottle to use a moisturizer afterward, my skin did not feel overly dry.

Aloe vera juice, castor oil, witch hazel, pineapple, lime, and chamomile account for this cleansers ability to remove all traces of makeup and oil while leaving your face feeling soft, soothed, healthy, and thoroughly cleaned. This one is a winner in my book!

The Bottom Line

OM BOTANICAL makes effective, all natural products that are cruelty-free and vegan (hooray!). They base their formulations on science, not trends. In fact, the labels of these products contain A LOT of information and its a bit like reading a science textbook. Yay for science! Get smarter as you shower!!

I genuinely enjoyed using these products, and recommend that you give OM BOTANICAL a try! Head on over to their website to learn more about the science and values behind the brand!

ELBA Vegan Cosmetics Review

Company: ELBA Vegan Cosmetics (Facebook) (Etsy Shop)

“ELBA vegan cosmetics handmade personal care products are Non-Toxic, Ecological, Natural and Organic for the ethical consumer market”

“No: parabens, artificial colors, fragrances, chemical, sulfates”

Products:
Advanced Hydration Facial Cream (2 oz. – $25.00 USD)

Hand and Body Butter (8 oz. – $17.99 USD)

Hydrating Face Tonic (4 oz. – $17.99 USD)


Reviews:


The Advanced Hydration Facial Cream contains Squalene, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Aloe Vera making this a deeply nourishing and moisturizing cream that also protects your skin from damage.

Prior to trying out this product, I had a serious allergic reaction to a skincare product that I was testing. A red, bumpy rash appeared on my face and chest. After several days and no improvement, I went to see my doctor, and she prescribed me a steroid cream to help with my skin condition. I did not want to fill the prescription since I knew that topical medications are tested on animals. My pharmacy informed me that they were out of the steroid cream anyhow, so I was back at square one.

I decided to try using this Advanced Hydration Facial Cream due to its moisturizing and calming ingredients. I’m so glad I did! My skin was noticeably hydrated and my skin rash had drastically improved! This facial cream makes no claims about being used as a medical treatment, but for me, it was just what my skin needed. My skin is now clear and I continue to use this product. My skin is dewy and hydrated, and I use it under my makeup in the morning and after cleansing in the evening. I really love how this fragrance-free cream soothes my sensitive skin, and how its light consistency quickly absorbs and hydrates. This facial cream really gets the job done and I will be using this as part of my skincare routine for a long time to come!

 

The fragrance-free Hand and Body Butter is extremely moisturizing due to its signature components of coconut butter, shea butter, Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera. It is thick yet absorbs quickly after you massage it into your skin. I use it after spending time in the sun, before heading off to work in the morning and to replenish my skin at night. If it can make my dry, cracked elbows look healthy and hydrated, it can do just about anything!

For the most part, I have not used facial sprays or tonics, but I was curious to try this Hydrating Face Tonic since the other products are so great. This spray contains Chamomile Distilled water, Hyaluronic Acid, and Silk Powder (Some vegans may not consider to this be 100% vegan due to the silk powder since they are an animal by-product). One to two pumps of this facial tonic is enough to cover your face and neck with a fine mist of soothing ingredients. Although my face is dry and needs a moisturizer after it, I think this would be absolutely perfect moisturizer for people with oily/combination skin. I enjoy using it as a pick-me-up throughout the day, and before applying the Advanced Hydration Facial Cream at bedtime.

The Bottom Line

I highly recommend ELBA Vegan Cosmetics! These products absolutely rescued my skin and it gets better and better as I continue to use them! The packaging is gorgeous and durable (great for travel or for people like me that tend to drop things) and the products themselves are naturally effective and luxurious. Give these products a try and let me know how you like them!

Thank you, Elba Vegan Cosmetics, for sending me these products to review!